We analyzed over twenty kitchen faucets of several types and styles that are currently available on the market at the moment. We ranked the Kohler K-72218-VS Sensate as the best kitchen faucet of 2020 for consumers who want the most out of it as it comes packed with highly advanced features such as the touchless technology, magnetic docking system, and because it looks great. The Sensate series has also been named as CES Best of Innovation Awards honoree.
The downside of the Sensate is its price. It’s not the most affordable kitchen faucet on the market and most consumers will prefer a more affordable product such as the Moen 7295SRS Brantford. It comes in chrome finish, pull out sprayer, and costs costs about 60% less than the Sensate.
Best Kitchen Faucets of 2020 – Our Top Picks
Our review process
Kitchen faucets in 2020 are available in many styles, shapes, finishes, and they incorporate numerous unique technologies. You can mount them on the wall, counter, or on the kitchen sink and it can be quite overwhelming and daunting to find the one that suits you best. Here are a couple of factors you should take into consideration before you decide to buy one.
- < $50 range: The cheapest faucets cost somewhere around $50. For that you can usually get a simple faucet with a single spray function, some water saving features, lower quality finish and about a year of warranty coverage. These faucets are usually more prone to leaking and lime and calcium buildups which means that they will require more maintenance and cleaning on the long run.
- $50 – $100 range: $100+ faucets start featuring basic pull out sprays, they consume less water, become more durable, and come with longer warranty coverage. The quality start showing in a high quality finish that’s more resistant to wear.
- $100 – $200 range: When the price reaches about $200, faucets start featuring more technology such as water flow activation sensors and multi-functional pull out sprays. The overall quality of the entire faucet (especially the docking system if there is one) reaches the highest levels, and the faucet becomes more durable and requires less maintenance due to improved overall design.
- $500+ range: The most expensive faucets can cost over $500 and usually come with so many advanced features that it’s hard to keep track on all of them. There’s often a multi-functional sprayer attached to a long hose, an advanced magnetic docking system that usually features some patented technology, and so on.
Water flow / consumption
Kitchen and bathroom faucets account for approximately 16% of the water used in an average home in the U.S. (toilets account for nearly 30%). The government has limited the water flow of every new faucet sold in the USA to a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If you really want to save some money on water bills, you can check some of the low flow kitchen faucets that are currently available on the market. Manufacturers claim that installing a low-flow faucet reduces water bills of up to $300 per year.
Before you rush into buying a new kitchen faucet, you should always make sure that it will fit into your sink. Today’s faucet usually require 1 to 4 sink holes for installation. If you are already have a kitchen sink and you are switching to a faucet that needs less installation holes, you can cover excessive holes with a deck plate that costs somewhere around $10 on average. If a new faucet requires more holes than there are on the existing sink, you will have to add more holes.
The faucet can be mounted on the wall, on the countertop, or on the kitchen sink. The wall-mount faucets may look great and allow more counter space, but they have a huge downside; they require the most amount of work when it comes to installation.
The faucet can be either top-mount or bottom-mount. The top-mount faucet is attached with screws through the bottom of the faucet from underneath the counter and the bottom-mount faucet is attached with screws through the top of the faucet piece.
Another thing worth mentioning is that it’s usually easier to replace both faucet and a sink at the same time because the faucet is easier to install before the sink is put in place.
Many manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties on their faucets. This sounds great, but the word “limited” often means that the faucet is only protected against a few things such as corrosion and manufacturing defects. The most quality faucets probably won’t let you down for several decades, but it’s good to know that there’s a warranty coverage that protects you against possible malfunctions.
Last but not least, always choose the faucet that fits into your kitchen from the designer’s perspective. Is your kitchen more traditional or modern?
Types of kitchen faucets
Now that you’ve gone through the buying guide, it’s time to decide what type of kitchen faucet you need. There are several types and each has its own set of advantages of advantages.
Touchless kitchen faucets
Touchless kitchen faucets feature the most advanced technology and provide the highest levels of comfort and functionality. There’s usually a sensor located on the faucet’s body which allows you to trigger the water flow on and off just by waiving the hand in front of it without touching the faucet. This technology has several advantages. It makes things around the kitchen easier, increases the hygiene since you don’t need to touch the faucet with messy hands, and speeds up the cooking process.
The downside of touchless faucets is that they are usually more expensive than other faucet types.
Pull out faucets
Pull out kitchen faucets feature an integrated spray head attached to a flexible hose that can be pulled down straight into the sink. This allows the water sprayer to cover more areas in the kitchen sink and improves reach and accessibility of the faucet stream. There’s usually a magnetic docking system which retracts the spray wand to its original position when you don’t need it any more.
Pull down faucets
This style of faucet is similar to pull out, but instead of pulling the spray want directly into the sink, it needs to be pulled directly towards you. The main difference between the two is that the pull down faucet has a curved body which usually takes more space while the pull-out faucet has a body that works in a straight line.
Related: Pull out vs Pull down Faucets
Having a flexible sprayer makes life around the kitchen easier, especially if you often rinse the dishes. However, some consumers don’t like the idea of having the flexible sprayer integrated to the faucet and they find having a separate sprayer more convenient. The advantage of faucets with separate spray is increased flexibility, but the downside is that they require having another hole in the kitchen sink.
Two handle faucets
Most today’s faucets feature a single handle which allows changing the water temperature and controlling the flow. However, some kitchen faucets have two handles for warm and cold water. The main benefits of faucets with two handles are increased control of the water temperature and more retro look. The disadvantage is that they aren’t as practical as the single handle faucets since it takes more time to find the right temperature for your needs.
Touchless kitchen faucet
KOHLER K-72218-VS Sensate
- Touchless technology
- Advanced activation sensor
- Sleek design
- Magnetic docking system
- Heavy price tag
The Kohler Sensate is a single-lever touchless faucet designed to provide convenience and ease of use. It’s made of metal and comes with several different finishes to choose from ranging from dark oil-rubbed bronze and all the way to shiny polished chrome. All finishes are highly resistant to tarnish, corrosion and wear.
The main reason why we picked the Sensate as the best kitchen faucet for most people is the state of the art technology behind it. It allows hands-free operation through the in-built advanced sensor that has a response time of as little as 20 milliseconds. Not sure what 20 milliseconds is like? Keep in mind that an average blink of an eye last from 300 to 400 milliseconds. Whenever you want to turn the faucet on, wave the hands in front of the sensor, and the faucet will auto-activate. To turn the water off, just repeat the process and that’s it.
There’s plenty of benefits of using a touchless kitchen faucet, but the main one is having your hands free to do other things. This reduces bacteria, keeps the cooking area cleaner, allows more water to be saved, and allows you to have more time for important things.
The sensor is designed for precision and prevents false activation when you’re working around the sink. It’s powered by AC which means there is no need of replacing the batteries every few months.
Just to put in perspective how good the technology behind this faucet really is; the Sensate was named as CES 2019 Best of Innovation Awards honoree. How cool is that?
Magnetic docking system
One of the main differences between expensive and cheap pull-down faucets can is the quality of the docking system. The Sensate is clearly on the quality side in this area since it incorporates the Kohler’s advanced DockNetik docking system. This system pulls and locks the spray head securely in its place after each use.
Heavy price tag
Unfortunately the Sensate comes with quite a heavy price tag. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive kitchen faucet we have reviewed until date. However, it’s clear that it brings a lot of value and advanced features to the table which makes it a great buy despite the heavy price.
Moen 7594ESRS Arbor with Motionsense
- Hands-free technology
- Two motion sensors
- Easy to install through 1 or 3 holes
- Not meant for heavy duty use
The next product on our list is another kitchen faucet with touchless technology. The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor features similar technology than the Kohler Sensate, but comes with a lighter price tag which makes it more budget friendly and suitable for an average consumer.
Related: Moen vs Koehler Faucets
Hands free operation
Unlike the Sensate, Moen Arbor has two different motion sensors, one located at the top and one at the base. The difference between sensors is that the top sensor is triggered when you waive the hand above the faucet and you will need to waive the hand above it again to turn the water off.
The bottom sensor is a ready sensor which means that stays triggered for as long as something is in front of it. It will turn the water flow on once you place a cup or pan below the spout and automatically stop once you remove it. Despite the fact that Moen sensor isn’t as responsive as Kohler’s, we believe that this is the area where the Moen Arbor outshines its competition.
The pull-out sprayer of the Moen Arbor is attached on a massive flexible hose that measures 68 inches in length. It’s one of the longest hoses we were able to get our hands on and the length of it comes quite handy when you need an extra manoeuvrability to make the things around the kitchen easier. The hose automatically returns to its position after each with the help of magnetic docking system.
Here’s how the Moen Arbor looks in a kitchen designed by the Arthurrutenberg company.
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Easy to install
Despite the numerous advanced features it brings to the table. the Moen Arbor is quite easy to install. It features the Duralock quick-connect installation system which makes it easy and quick to install and eliminates the need of using any tools as long as you have a suitable sink with a suitable hole. You need two hands and that’s pretty much it.
The main downside of the Moen Arbor is that it requires batteries for Motionsense feature to work. The good news is that the batteries are included in the package, but you will have to replace them every once in a while. If batteries get empty, the faucet stays fully functional, but the Motionsense feature stops working until the batteries are replaced.
Industrial kitchen faucet
- Commercial-style spring design
- Two spouts
- Appropriate for heavy duty use
- Easy to install
- It’s quite large and takes a lot of space
- It’s not the best looking faucet
It seems that industrial (commercial) kitchen faucets are gaining a lot of popularity in recent years and not just among professionals, but among average homeowners as well. The main advantage of industrial faucets is that they are more durable and appropriate for heavy duty work and that they are more versatile. Although they come in many different styles, most of them have a very long flexible sprayer which provides more versatility than you get with other types of faucets.
The KPF-1602 is a commercial-styled faucet that features sturdy brass construction, two spouts, and an integrated diverter that makes it easy to switch from spout to powerful pre-rinse spray.
The reason why we recommend the Kraus KPF-1602 is because it comes packed with features. There are two spouts and they can be used separately or at the same time. The top spout is attached to a flexible hose and provides enough maneuverability to reach areas of the entire sink. The second spout is attached to the middle of the faucet body. It can be rotated in 360 degrees, but that’s pretty much it. It’s appropriate for smaller tasks whether it’s filling up a glass of water or something else.
The KPF-1602 is easy to install and requires a single hole in the sink. All the mounting hardware is included in the package, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing additional tools to install it.
The downside of the KPF-1602 is that it’s quite large and not suitable for kitchens with limited space above the sink. Another downside is the radical design which isn’t as aesthetically pleasing, but that’s quite common among industrial faucets.
Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST Leland
- Several finishes to choose from
- Medium price
- 1 or 3 hole installation
- Made in the USA
- Temperature can be hard to adjust
The Delta Leland is a series of kitchen faucets that feature attractive design and share a lot of advanced features. The 9178T-AR-DST is a medium-priced faucet of that series, and it comes in a variety of finishes to choose from. It looks elegant and it seems a bit traditional in nature, but it does provide an elegant touch which makes it appropriate for both modern and traditional kitchens.
There are two versions; the Touch2O and standard.
The Touch2O version cost a little bit more and it allows users to turn the water flow on or off with a simple touch anywhere on the faucet’s spout or handle. This technology isn’t as advanced and functional as a fully touchless technology, but it isn’t close behind. The standard version is built of the same materials, but it comes without the Touch2O technology.
The docking system of the Leland series features a powerful magnet that retracts the spray hose in its place after each use. The hose has 20 inches of reach which makes it practical and can easily cover the entire sink with traditional dimensions.
When it comes to durability, the Leland easily outshines most of it competition. It features patented Diamond Seal technology which reduces chances of leaking and extends the faucet’s durability to up to 5 million uses which is twice as long as the industry standard. To put that into perspective, if you turn the water on and of 50 times per day, the Leland faucet will last over 270 years free of leaks.
The hose spray holes feature Touch-clean design which prevents lime and calcium build-ups. The holes are made of soft rubber which makes them easy to clean. Simply wipe them from time to time and that’s it.
There aren’t many downsides of the 9178T-AR-DST Leland, but a true perfectionist will find a downside in every faucet. The first downside is that the water temperature can be hard to adjust. Although the handle looks great from the design aspect, it requires time to get used to it and more precision than most of the faucets we have reviewed. The second downside is that the Touch2O technology doesn’t have any features to prevent false activations which can be a little bit stressful when you’re doing things around the kitchen counter and unintentionally touch the handle and trigger the water flow.
Related: Delta vs Moen Faucets
Two handle faucet
Peerless P299578LF-SS Choice
- Two handles
- Side spray
- SS finish
- Good value for the money
- Low water consumption
- 4 hole installation
The Peerless P299578LF-SS Choice is a two-handle faucet with a convenient separate sprayer. It consumes as little as 1,8 gallons of water per minute and is fully ADA compliant when installed properly. It features a simple design that can fit in both modern and traditional kitchens and is finished with low-gloss stainless steel. Both finish and faucet are protected with a limited lifetime warranty which is quite rare with faucets in this price range.
The swivel spout of the Choice is quite long and rotates smoothly in every direction which adds up to its convenience. The handles turn for 90 degrees making it easy to the water flow fully on. The side spray is high pressured and comes handy for washing the dishes where you need some extra pressure and manoeuvrability.
This faucet needs to be attached to the sink through 4 holes which can be an advantage or disadvantage. If you don’t have enough holes in the kitchen sink, you will have to make a few new ones. If you want to replace your older faucet (which probably has 4 holes already), you will find installing the Choice faucet quite easy. Simply put it in place through the holes, and hold it in place with plastic nuts.
Considering its affordable price, the P299578LF-SS Choice doesn’t really have notable downsides. It’s a simple faucet with two handles, side sprayed, and that’s pretty much it.
- Modern design
- Easy to install – QuickDock system
- Pull down sprayer
- Easy maintenance
- Kerox ceramic cartridge
- Spray function lack some of the important functions
The Kraus KPF-2620SS is a high performance medium-priced pull-down faucet that features contemporary design. Judging by hundreds of customer reviews it has received in numerous online stores, we believe that it’s also quite popular.
The thing that really separates high quality and low quality faucets is that high quality faucets require less maintenance. If you ever had a faucet that became clogged with minerals and lime, you probably had a faucet of low quality. The KPF-2620SS features silicone nozzles which provide aerated stream and make the sprayer less prone to mineral and lime buildups.
Since this is a pull down faucet, it has a sprayer attached on a flexible hose which measures 36 inches in length and is appropriate for large sinks. The sprayer has two functions; spray and stream, but sadly the spray function only works when the button you are actively pressing the button down.
The KPF-2620SS features QuickDock that makes it easy to install. Drop the base into the hole in the counter, secure the base by tightening up two screws, insert the faucet, secure the faucet in place with some more screwing, and connect water supply lines.
The downside of the KPF-2620SS is the spray function. It only works when you’re pressing the button in which means that you can’t use both hands and use the spray function at the same time.
Moen 7295SRS Brantford
- Classic design
- High pressure spray
- Two spray modes
- Easy to install with the Duralock Quick Connect system
- Limited lifetime warranty
- The pulldown system could be stronger
The Moen 7295SRS Brantford is a pull out kitchen faucet that comes packed with advanced features and is made in a retro design. While it looks simple and clean, its functionality is far away from just being simple. There’s also a 7-year limited warranty that covers drips, leaks, and finish defects.
The pullout sprayer of the Brantford is attached on a flexible hose with Reflex technology. This technology provides enhanced flexibility which allows maximum range of motions to reach all corners of the kitchen sink. Another feature that adds up to movement possibilities is the ball joint that connects the spray wand and the hose.
The PowerClean spray technology has two main benefits. It increases the spray power by 50% compared to most Moen faucets while reduces the amount of residual water used. In other words, it’s appropriate for heavy-duty cleaning while using only 1.5 gallons of water per minute.
Most faucet manufacturers have their own ideas on how to ease the installation process for an average consumer who usually doesn’t posses all of the plumbing tools needed for faucet installation. The Brantford features Duralock Quick Connect technology which eliminates the need of using tools to attach the waterline to the faucet. Instruction manual is included in the package and if you have some DIY skills, you probably won’t need to call the plumber to help you with the installation.
There’s no huge downsides about the 7295SRS Brantford. The retract system could be a little stronger, but that’s just a minor issue.
My faucet is leaking, what can I do?
It’s a fact that even the most expensive kitchen faucets can start leaking or dripping after several years of heavy duty use. If your faucet is still under a warranty, you can simply send it back and have it replaced by the manufacturer, usually without any extra charges. If your faucet doesn’t have a warranty any more, you have two choices. Either you ask a professional plumber for help, or you can try to fix it by yourself.
There’s no water coming out of my kitchen faucet
First make sure that your water supply valves are open. If the water still doesn’t come out, it’s likely that your cartridge is clogged or maybe the diverter is jammed. If you’re not 100% confident of your DIY skills, find a contractor who will know exactly what to do.
Buying a new kitchen faucet can easily improve the design of whole kitchen. There’s a saying in some countries that a kitchen without a faucet is not a kitchen at all and most consumers from all over the world have to agree with it. After all, the faucet is a heart of every kitchen.
I’d love to hear your opinion about my recommended kitchen faucets. Feel free to write your comment at the bottom of each page and let me know what is your favorite faucet and why.